By Clonnie Yearout
Imagine for a moment the presidential inauguration taking place in Washington,D.C., next month. President Barack Obama is delivering his second inaugural speech, and behind him sits his newly elected vice president, Willard Mitt Romney. Romney is replacing John McCain, who served as vice president during Obama’s first administration.
Sound far-fetched? Not at the nation’s beginning. George Washington’s vice president was John Adams of Massachusetts, the man who had garnered the second-highest number of votes in the electoral college. Adams was a Federalist, and while Washington claimed no party affiliation, the new nation still had a vice president who had been the president’s closest challenger in the election.
Yearout, of Roanoke, is a retired public employee.